Sleepless nights? We’ve all been there and no matter how many times you change the positions or grab a glass of water, you can‘t just shut those peepers. I can say that from personal experience of browsing Reddit at 1 AM doesn’t help either. While playing some games can give you a rush of energy, there are others which are calm and make you feel relaxed with their soothing background score or minimal input gameplay.
It is widely assumed that playing video games before going to bed makes you alert and doesn’t help with the sleep. There are studies which show a mild connection between video games and sleep and doesn’t affect the sleep quality. Video games which are more casual and have mild background music can help you sleep just like the apps. Here is a list of best games to help you sleep.
Games To Help You Fall Asleep
Core is a fun little game built to play in the dark. Its tranquil music and black and white theme makes it much more mellow. The game features a white light source called core, which goes through a maze of geometric puzzles and you have to tap to move ahead. The tap produces a heartbeat sound which is why headphones are a must for this game. The most soothing part of the gameplay is the complementing music and heartbeats which sync perfectly in the game.
Core is free on the Play Store and has ads, you can remove the ads permanently or turn ON the airplane mode to get rid of it.
Play Core (Android)
2. Dream Walker
Next, we have Dream Walker where you guide Anna a sleepwalking girl, who goes on an adventure in her dreams. The background music is excellent and as you progress in the game, it gets fast and more difficult. It is an endless runner game where you just control the timing of Anna’s turns which makes it easier to play. I played Dream Walker laying on the side which made me fall asleep fairly quickly. Dream Walker is fun to play with good music.
Play Dream Walker (Android)
Antistress is the perfect game for people who feel restless and can’t go to sleep. Antistress has a collection of items and you can fidget with them to release some of the stress. The graphics are decent and the sound is average but the haptic feedback for the things which you move around in the game is okay. You can play with wooden blocks, light switches, chalk, Newton’s cradle, Fidget Spinner, darts, and a pendulum. These are some of the few items which are free. It also has a quiet pack which is locked behind a paywall and you can buy all for $0.99. The game is free to play.
Orbia is a minimalistic game with colorful and high-end graphics. You play as a cute fur ball and your aim is to hop as far you can without dying. Its one tap gameplay allows you to play with one hand and the background soundtrack feels tranquil. Orbia features hundreds of levels and characters which you can unlock as you go.
5. Tiles Hop
Although this game wasn’t developed to help you sleep, it does work if you play a relaxing song. This app syncs to the music and lets you play to the beat of the music and neon graphics add to the immersive experience. You control a ball with a slider and it automatically hops on the tiles. Your only aim is to land the ball on the tile or the game ends. I loved playing this game with EDM tracks but it works surprisingly well with idyllic music too.
This next game may not be the one with best graphics but it certainly has good music. SpinTree is a low poly game where you have to grow a tree by tapping on the energy stars. Your Tree has a circling ball which continues to revolve around it and you have to capture the star by tapping the screen as they come closest. This simple gameplay paired with forest sounds and guitar notes make it a peaceful experience. You can turn the sound off if it’s too much for you or you have someone sleeping next to you.
7. Artbook Story
This next app gives jigsaw puzzle games a new twist. Artbook Story is a casual game with a soothing piano music score and your aim is to arrange pieces to complete a picture. Unlike traditional pictures, the game uses polygon art and you get different pieces to put in the right place. The aim is to keep things simple and that’s why the game hints you with an approximate position of the piece. The final results look beautiful and you can set it as your wallpaper which is nice.
Play Artbook Story (Android )
Harmony is a puzzle game where you create symmetric patterns and harmonic notes. The objective is to solve a puzzle where you have to form a mirror image of a pattern. The taps produce a musical note which fits well with the title. The game features over 1000 levels and would keep you occupied when you can’t sleep.
Okay, This is the most interesting game in this list. Your aim is to beat the levels where you have to make the ball touch every white item. There are black obstacles in the game but that’s okay if you touch them. Each item has its unique musical note and when you aim the ball correctly, it plays a tune as it hits the tiles. The levels are designed by the users and you can create your own level. There are 150 levels and the new levels keep adding. The game is free and you can donate to the developer, it can range from $0 to anything and it’s okay if you don’t want to donate.
VOI is another Puzzle game in the list which pairs calm music with minimalistic gameplay. Your aim is to create the pattern shown in the above circle with pieces below. The levels start as easy at first then quickly becomes more tricky. The only thing you need to remember is that Black + Black = White to solve the puzzles. Personally, I find this game very relaxing with the right amount of music and difficulty.
This last app, Stack has very simple gameplay, you have to stack blocks to create the highest tower. It makes the list because it’s simple, has a soothing background score and graphics are minimal. The blocks should match the block below or the leftover part gets broken off and make the game more difficult. I play Stack every once in a while when I can’t sleep and it works fairly well.
12. Sheep Sleep
I was told to count sheep when I couldn’t sleep when I was a kid and I did go to sleep from the sheer boredom of the activity. Some people prefer the old method of counting sheep in the head, others, well they can play this game. Sheep sleep makes counting sleep at least bearable with its decent gameplay. You play as a sleeping kid who has to count the sheep to keep sleeping. When you play the game, it shows you a certain number of sheep passing through the room and you have to guess the exact number or else the kid wakes up. This was too engaging and instead of sleeping, I became too competitive. The sleep mode is more relaxed and you just have to count the sheep until you fall asleep. Sheep sleep is free on the Play Store.
Play Sheep Sleep (Android )
13. Meditation Game
Next, An which reminds you to relax while playing this game. Meditation game has one objective: you just have to move your phone to collect energy dots. The app reminds you to take deep breaths and observe your breathing. The serene background score helps you release stress as you follow the directions which show up on the screen while playing. There are no ads in the game to disturb your session and you can immerse yourself in the ocean like calm gameplay.
14. The Celestial Tree
Next, we have an idle clicking game with minimal graphics and white silhouettes for interactive items. Your aim is to keep clicking the screen and gain energy and as you gain energy you get to unlock quests, levels, and even background music. You select from a number of different background music as per your preference. If you want a game where you can interact and listen to calm music, The Celestial Tree is a preferred choice.
Best Games To Help You Sleep?
These were my picks for the Best Games to help you sleep. I play Core because it has a black and white interface which sits very well with the dark environment I play it in. Celestial Tree is for when I feel restless and I want to release some stress. Artbook Story is the most beautiful game because it lets you capture the screenshots once your puzzle is done. Tell us which games do you play before going to bed in the comments below.